Through compassionate storytelling created with integrity, The Newsroom helps build the strength and identity of the St. Thomas community, and encourages others to become part of it.
The Newsroom is the online hub of strategic, shareable news and stories about St. Thomas. Here, dynamic storytelling through written, video, audio and social media forms come together to excite people about St. Thomas by sharing compelling stories that convey key messages about the university.
The Newsroom also represents the convergence of news and feature-story content. The most relevant content is pushed out to internal audiences twice a week. We spotlight feature content and external media stories about St. Thomas, as well as key announcements and upcoming events. Select content is also pushed out to social media, other university communication platforms and external media.
Our News History
St. Thomas always has placed a high priority on delivering timely and accurate news. As early as 1946, news and events were announced in a one-page memo published by the President’s Office. The “yellow sheet” for students and “green sheet” for faculty and staff appeared in the 1960s. In 1988, both publications were combined in a printed newspaper, College of St. Thomas Bulletin, which appeared weekly. A daily electronic version, Bulletin Today, first appeared in August 1999.
As the home for news and information about St. Thomas, the Newsroom is the destination for honest and trustworthy content that is available through timely coverage.
Information We Don’t Publish and Where to Find It
- Changes to office or building hours. Our data tells us users are most likely to seek this type of information from departmental websites. Contact ITS for website content management support.
- New departmental social media profiles, i.e. Facebook pages and Twitter profiles. St. Thomas maintains a social media registry that lists known and active social media profiles from across the university.
- Closures to parking lots or streets near campus, unless the closure has a significant impact on university operations. Impact will be determined by Newsroom editorial staff in collaboration with Public Safety. Parking information is available from Parking and Transportation Services.
- Changes to menus at Dining Services locations. Dining Services provides menus online.
- Fundraising requests for individuals, groups or organizations. Due to the size of the university and our extensive alumni network, the Newsroom is not in a position to make decisions in publishing communication supporting certain fundraising efforts but not others.
- External announcements of events that are not sponsored by or moderated by St. Thomas or its faculty, staff and students, or otherwise featuring members of the St. Thomas community.
We accept written submissions and requests for coverage. Please submit using our Newsroom form. Announcements and Notices should be submitted at least five business days prior to desired publication date. Requests for feature stories written by our staff should be requested at least four weeks in advance for best scheduling determinations. The Newsroom editors will decide what content will appear on The Newsroom website and in its newsletters, as well as timing, but we welcome your suggestions for publication date. We aim to respond to your requests within three business days if we have questions or otherwise cannot honor your request based on the information submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main categories are available in the site’s navigation at the top of the screen. They include:
- Notices and reminders from administrative offices (for example, Human Resources, Registrar, Financial Aid) split into subcategories for faculty/staff and students
- Information from Public Safety on the most recent safety alerts, advisories and bulletins
- Stories about specific academic departments, programs, faculty, students and research
Humans of St. Thomas: A regular series featuring St. Thomas students, faculty and staff
- Stories about how we carry out our Catholic tradition and faith-based mission
- In Our Prayers: notices asking the community for prayers for ill or deceased loved ones
- President’s Office: news about and from the Office of the President
- Professional Notes: periodic listings of faculty and staff scholarly accomplishments
- Tommie Experts: thought leadership from St. Thomas faculty and staff to help us better understand topical events, trends and the world in general
- Tommie Traditions: feature stories about the traditions that bring our community together
- Articles from the four magazines published by the university: St. Thomas, St. Thomas Lawyer, St. Thomas Engineer and Lumen.
Will I receive emails from the Newsroom?
The Newsroom sends out periodic emails and newsletters covering our community, including notices, meetings and other important “housekeeping” information. It is a digest of both Newsroom feature stories and links to other useful content and events on the St. Thomas website.
Notices that appear are also visible on the Newsroom homepage in the top level navigation under “Notices.”
In cases of major breaking news, the Newsroom will occasionally send out a Newsroom Update email. The threshold for this type of email message is very high and is only utilized when historical news has taken place or in cases of emergency. The threshold for this type of communication is determined by the Newsroom editorial staff. The Newsroom may also send out Special Edition newsletters for certain occasions.
Where else can I find links to Newsroom content?
Through the use of RSS feeds, the Newsroom is able to display headlines in places like departmental websites. That means that whenever a new article is published in the Newsroom, it will appear in the places where people are already visiting.
You can also subscribe to specific Newsroom feeds that you are most interested in so whenever stories are published, the headlines appear in your Outlook RSS folder or other RSS reader. If you’d like instructions on how to subscribe to a specific Newsroom category’s RSS feed, let us know.
Can I see Newsroom stories on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels?
The Newsroom is connected to the university’s institutional social media profiles. In addition, each article can be shared on your own social network profiles by utilizing the share buttons at the bottom of each article.
I am a member of a St. Thomas department or organization that is hosting a meeting or event that will take place on campus. How can I publicize my event?
The Newsroom encourages departments to post details about events and meetings on their respective websites and in OneStThomas. To publicize your event in a Newsroom email, first publish the information on your department’s website or social media profile, then share the link with the Newsroom staff on the Submit News form. The editorial staff will determine when and if to amplify the news in the newsletter.
Can I still see Bulletin Today and magazine articles from before the launch of the Newsroom?
Yes, all articles published in the Bulletin Today dating back to September 1999, as well as articles from all five magazines dating back as far as July 2002 are available in the Newsroom archives at the bottom of every page. You also can search for them using the in-site search tool by clicking on the magnifying glass in the main navigation at the top of each page.
I have an idea for a Newsroom story. Where can I submit it?
The Newsroom staff is always interested in hearing what is going on around campus. Whether it’s student or faculty research, a quirky fact, a well-known speaker or visitor, we want to hear from you. If you would like to submit your idea to be considered for publication, visit the Submit News page.
Publication dates for feature stories are determined at the discretion of the Newsroom Editorial Board. Feature story submissions are considered on a case-by-case basis and, if chosen by the editorial board for publication, require a minimum of 10 business days for writing and production.
Notices are published on an ongoing basis throughout the week. For a notice to be considered for an upcoming newsletter, it must be submitted no later than the five business days prior to publication. Notices that miss the cutoff for the email are still available on the Notices for Faculty/Staff and Notices for Students pages.
I’m a reporter. Where do I find information about experts and media relations?
Visit our Media Relations page for contact information.
- Open Internet Explorer and navigate to the Newsroom homepage.
- Click the arrow to the right of the Home button (the house icon located near the right side of the screen) and then click Add or Change Home Page.
- In the Add or Change Home Page dialog box, click Use this webpage as your only home page.
- Click Yes to save your changes.
- Open Firefox and navigate to the Newsroom homepage.
- Click the icon to the left of the web address, drag it to the Home button, and release.
- Open Chrome, click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar on the right side of the screen and select Settings.
- Under On startup, select Open a specific page or set of pages, then click Set pages.
- Enter https://news.stthomas.edu into dialog box and click OK.
- Open Safari and click on the Safari menu.
- Select Preferences.
- A dialog box will open and the sixth item down the list is where you can set your homepage.
Can I unsubscribe from Newsroom emails?
The Newsroom newsletters are delivered to all faculty, staff and students with @stthomas.edu email addresses. Each email includes news and useful information that is relevant to you as a member of the St. Thomas community. There is no way to opt out of this communication.
Subscribers who opted-in to receive Newsroom emails at non-stthomas.edu addresses and who continue to receive Newsroom notifications can opt-out by following the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of one of the Newsroom’s periodic email messages.
How to Subscribe to Newsroom Newsletters
Are you a parent, media representative, or alum who would like to receive Newsroom emails? Sign up using this form. Faculty, staff and students are automatically subscribed.